Monika Bauert

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Monika Bauert (born 31 December 1943 in Poznan, German Empire, now Poland) is a German set designer, film architect and costume designer.

Life and work

Bauert was driven out of her hometown of Posen by the Poles at the end of the war in 1945 and grew up in Wuppertal. She received her professional training at the Werkkunstschule there. Afterwards, Monika Bauert began working as a stage designer at German venues such as Ulm, Dortmund and Oberhausen. Her speciality is drama, but Bauert also designed the sets for operas and operettas, musicals and ballet performances and also contributed the costumes. A two-year theatre tour took the artist all over South America. In 1970 Monika Bauert joined television for the first time.

She went on to design the costumes for selected productions such as the English-language feature films Die Akte Odessa, Verstecktes Ziel and Enemy Mine – Geliebter Feind by Wolfgang Petersen , whose internationally well-received major production Das Boot Bauert had also designed the costumes for a few years earlier. At the beginning of the 1990s, Bauert shifted her field of work more and more in the direction of film architecture, and in the same decade she worked on some very successful German cinema comedies such as Der bewegte Mann, Das Superweib and Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door. Since 2010 Monika Bauert hardly works for film or television anymore.

Monika Bauert is a sponsor and lecturer at the International Film School Cologne in the “Further Education Program in Production Design” and is committed to the training and promotion of young talent. She is on the board of the German Film Academy.


As a costume designer

  • 1972: Alexander Zwo (multi-part)
  • 1974: The OdessaFile (The Odessa File)
  • 1974: Count Yoster does the honours (series)
  • 1975: Scene of the crime: The reckoning
  • 1975: Scene of the crime: Meeting place cemetery
  • 1977: The daughter of silence (series)
  • 1978: Liquid manure and levkojen
  • 1978: HiddenTarget (Brass Target)
  • 1979: The dead man is me
  • 1981: The boat
  • 1982: Crime scene: The invisible enemy
  • 1982: Egmont
  • 1985: Enemy Mine – BelovedEnemy (Enemy Mine)
  • 1993: My name is Victor(Je m’appelle Victor)

As a film architect

  • 1980: A guru comes (only equipment)
  • 1982: Crime scene: The girl on the stairs
  • 1984: Crime scene: Bill without host
  • 1991: Manta Manta
  • 1990-1992: Inspector Klefisch (three films)
  • 1993: Charlie & Louise – The Double Lotto
  • 1994: The moving man
  • 1995: Silent Night – A Feast of Love
  • 1995: The Superwoman
  • 1996: Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door
  • 1998: Kai Rabe against the Vatican killers
  • 1998: Jimmy the Kid
  • 1999: ‘Ne günstige Gelegenheit
  • 2000: The loneliness of the crocodiles
  • 2001: Boran
  • 2003: The class of ’99 – School was yesterday, life is now (also set)
  • 2004: My brother is a dog
  • 2007: Rennschwein Rudi Rüssel 2 – Rudi is running again!
  • 2008: Low Lights
  • 2009: Dear Wall


  • Film and Television Design Annual, 2nd volume 1987, published by the Association of Production Designers, Film Architects and Costume Designers, p. 110
  • Film and Television Design Annual, 7th volume 1993/94, published by the Association of Production Designers, Film Architects and Costume Designers, p. 145

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